The Sundarbans, the mangrove forests in the southernmost part of West Bengal, now have at least 103 tigers, the state wildlife department, which has tracked the animals’ movements with CCTVs, said on Friday.
“The number has increased. We are happy with the figure,” said Soumitra Dasgupta, field director, Sunderban Tiger Reserve (STR).
Pranabesh Sanyal, a veteran tiger expert, told HT: “We feel there are far more tigers, around 250, in the Sunderbans. Only 103 were caught on camera. Cameras were stationed at some specific locations only,”
The figure was arrived at by counting pugmarks. To establish the exact count, the government approached the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).